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A guide to a weekend in Prague - Czech it out


Prague is a city in Europe which I have been wanting to visit since Most Haunted went there in 2010 and I and became mesmerised by the idea of a gothic city. I was about 13 when this came out and travel was something I was interested in but other than my family villa in Spain I had only been on all-inclusive family holidays to places like Kos, Lanzarote and Menorca other than a trip to Disneyland Paris. So the idea of a city break was something I never had even thought of, but yet I was still fascinated. When I discovered I still had some holiday left at work I decided that it was time to see Prague and decided to go at the end of October so that I would get the autumnal side of the city, but this also allowed me to miss out of the summer rush as Prague is a staple on the interrail and backpacker route of Europe. But this is for good reason because it is one of the nicest places I have been to and loved visiting here.

Flying to Prague is super easy and I found flights averaged about £50 return and there was plenty of flights to and from London which is easy enough for me to get to and from as I'm based in the Midlands.

The accommodation which I stayed in was the dream Hostel which about a 20-minute walk from the Old Town. The hostel was stunning, so clean and airy but also it felt quite isolated as although there was a bar and coffee area it wasn't the most communicative environment as everyone was just doing their own devices. There is so much to do in Prague from the Charles Bridge to the Jewish Museum and this blog post is going to cover as much as possible. But the first thing I did when I was in Prague was a free walking tour, this is something which I love to do when I first arrive in a country and for Prague, I chose to do the free walking tour which highlight the Old Town and old Jewish Quarter. As to me, these were points of extreme interest as history is so important when visiting Europe as there are so many scars of war and history across Europe. The walking tour was amazing and we learnt all about Prague's obsession with Paris, as they have a version of the Eiffel tower which is higher (not taller) than the one in Paris, as the Eiffel Tower in Prague is on a hill. Understand how it is higher but not taller. As they have Pařížská which is based off the streets of Paris and is one of the most expensive streets in Prague filled with designer shops but is also part of the Jewish Quarter so was once completely different as after the Nazi's invaded they pushed the Jewish population into ghettos.

The Astronomical Clock in Prague is breathtaking and is so clever as it has the current time, the moon phase, the sunrise and sunset set time and is the only clock in the world which shows Babylonian time and this is only a selection of the different time zones which they show on the clock. Furthermore, there is also a viewing platform at the top of the clock which has some beautiful views from the top of the whole city. You can either walk up to the top (it is a constant slope until the end) or go up in a glass lift.

Charles Bridge was somewhere I found to be overrated as even though it wasn't high season it was still full of people walking across and yes it is stunning and a medieval bridge but I found walking along the other bridges allowed me to appreciate the bridge more. The bridge was filled with little market stalls but was also the first place I witness begpacking which is where backpackers who have run out of money are begging for money to travel. This is not something which I agree with, as we are blessed to be able to travel but you should be responsible with yourself and your money. But this is a topic for another post in the future I'm not sure when in the future as I want to explore more on this topic before I write more about it.

One thing which I would recommend doing in Prague because it is so important to the history of Prague and Europe is the Jewish Museum which includes visiting the Jewish cemetery which was extremely interesting and it is a key to visiting Europe as the affected most of Europe. The ticket includes entry into the synagogue and the cemetery as well as a few other places but the synagogue and the cemetery where nothing like I had ever seen before.

Sadly when I visited Prague the John Lennon peace wall was shut as it was being repainted which was annoying as I am a massive fan of the Beatles and was so excited about seeing it but there was a fake peace wall opposite which I managed to get a few photos off before I discovered there was a John Lennon pub which I was very lucky to get a seat at as they kept having to turn people away from as it was only small but was such an interesting pub, and although it was the most expensive drink I brought in Prague it was worth it.

This is just a selection of things which you can do in Prague and I loved Prague and would recommend everyone visiting as there is so much to see there if you're interested in history furthermore as it is popular amongst backpackers it is perfect for solo travel. I would give Prague an 8 out of 10 as I loved it but feel no real rush to revisit soon. Ashleigh xx Want up to £100 off next Contiki trip? Use the link below

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